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19 August, 2019  // According to VCIOM, 48% of Russians have never played video games, and 33% have stopped playing. 19% play video games - 5 hours a week on average. Most often, Russians prefer to play on a smartphone (48%) or a personal computer (41%). Playing video games is most popular among people aged 18-24 years (40%) and 25-34 years (25%).

5 August, 2019  // According to the Institute for the Economy of Growth, a technical recession in the economy of Russia can be recorded this year. In the first half of 2019, the number of employees of small and medium enterprises decreased by 1.6% (more than 257,000 people), the number of such enterprises decreased by 7-8% (18,200 small and 1,500 medium enterprises).

13 July, 2019  // According to Sberbank, in Q2 2019, Russians spent on food 38.9% of their income (38.2% in Q2 2018). Other expenses: utility - 15.2%, clothing - 9.7%, medical services - 6.6%, payment of interest on loans - 6.6%, household goods - 5.7%, leisure - 4.8%. The share of respondents without savings increased from 41% to 43%.

8 July, 2019  // In 2018, according to BrandMonitor, the annual turnover of the shadow segment of the luxury goods market in Russia reached about 4.4 billion USD, while the legal segment is estimated at 3.9 billion USD. Most often, customers purchase fake T-shirts, sneakers, jeans, and handbags. This trend will continue. In Q1 2019, real income of Russians decreased by 2.3% year-on-year.

14 June, 2019  // In 2018, the largest number of births were in Moscow (132.1 thousand), Moscow Oblast (83), Krasnodar Krai (64.5), St. Petersburg (64), and Tyumen Oblast (50). The birth rate leaders: Chechnya (20.7 per 1,000 population), Tuva (20.2), Ingushetia (16.3). The mortality leaders: Pskov Oblast (17.2), Tver Oblast (16.8), Tula Oblast (16.2). In total, 1.6 million people were born and 1.8 million died.

28 May, 2019  // In Q4 2018, according to Rosstat, 48.2% of households in Russia had enough money only for food and clothing, but not for durable goods (home appliances, consumer electronics, furniture). The largest percentage is among young families (59.2%) and families consisting only of unemployed pensioners (57.9%).

24 May, 2019  // In Q1 2019, according to The World Gold Council, Russia was the world's largest buyer of gold (55.3 tons). The total gold reserves reached 2168.3 tons, which is 18% of all Russian reserves. The country reduces dependence on the US dollar in case of new sanctions.

14 May, 2019  // According to VCIOM, 12% of Russians watch Game of Thrones (31% among 18-24-year-olds) and 8% plan to do it. 71% aren't going to watch this series (86% among 60+ year-olds). 80% of watchers like the series (96% among 18-24-year-olds). Favorite characters: Daenerys Targaryen and Tyrion Lannister (12% each), Jon Snow (11%), Arya Stark (6%).

25 April, 2019  // From 2011 to 2018, according to the Ministry of Health, alcohol consumption almost halved in Russia - from 18 to 9.3 liters. However, this doesn't mean that in reality people drink less. It is about only legal alcohol, while almost 30% of vodka in the country is illegal, not to mention moonshine becoming more popular as the population gets poorer.

20 April, 2019  // In 2018, according to Forbes, the wealth of the 200 richest Russians increased by $11 billion and reached $496 billion, which exceeds Russia's gold and currency reserves ($489 billion) and savings of the entire Russian population in banks ($430 billion). In Q1 2019, real disposable income of the population, according to Rosstat, decreased by 2.3%.

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